|Compost nourishes plants|
Composting is known as "making black gold" for the plants in the garden or for houseplants, and is a good idea because it can:
Decrease the carbon footprint
Reduce the amount of solid waste added to landfills
Improve soil quality for veggies on the balcony or for indoor plants
Save money on potting soil
Is an easy and fun science project
Can increase popularity when you use compost as gifts (just joking, it’s too precious to give away)
Where to compost?
Live in an apartment but want to make compost for your houseplants? Does your HOA covenant prohibit traditional compost heaps? Want to compost at the office? Maybe the kids want to compost at school? Although Crabapple LandscapExperts composts on a grand scale, we can suggest several possibilities for unobtrusive composting tips.
|Composting in a bucket|
2. Use the blender to make juice out of vegetable and fruit scraps and peels, then pour the juice on the garden plants, balcony veggies or houseplants. This is not actually compost yet, but will nourish the soil microorganisms that in turn aid the plants.
3. How about trying a worm farm at the office, also known as vermicomposting (like vermicelli). Start with a simple, opaque plastic box about 12”W x 24”L x 8”H with a lid and drill air holes near the top. Add a 3 inch layer of soil, then add kitchen scraps, shredded white paper, corrugated cardboard, coffee grounds and tea leaves for the worms to process. Order a package of red wigglers through online and you're ready to start. The liquid "worm tea" that collects at the bottom of the box can be diluted with water and used to revv up office plants that help to purify the air.
4. Start a school composting project like this real-life biology lesson in California. http://earth911.com/news/2011/09/20/how-to-start-a-school-compost-program/
|Compost in a pickup truck!|